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WEDNESDAY EDITION: I guess its time to pull the boat out this week and put it to bed for the winter, I can't believe the summer is history....I ordered a Zumspot from HRO yesterday for my truck. I will shoot some pictures of the assembly and testing. I have the Openspot2 in the house running Fusion and a cheap Chinese one on DMR mode for comparison......

Well-Known Yukon Ham J Allen, VY1JA, is Stepping Away from Amateur Radio


Well-known Canadian radio amateur J Allen, VY1JA, of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, has announced that he’s retiring from ham radio, citing long-term health issues and hearing loss. The familiar VY1JA call sign also has been retired. Allen will begin dismantling his station and antennas as early as this weekend. His last contact was with KA4UPI on September 14. He has uploaded his logs to Logbook of The World (LoTW) and sent copies to his QSL managers.

“After approximately 30 years of operation and over 110,000 contacts, the station VY1JA has gone QRT for operator health reasons effective 2019-09-14,” Allen said on his QRZ.com profile. “All gear and antennas are for sale.”

For years, VY1JA was an eagerly sought-after multiplier in the ARRL November Sweepstakes and other events, as well as a needed zone in DX contests. In recent years, as Allen has begun to step away from regular on-the-air appearances, his station has been operated remotely as VY1AAA by a team of Canadian-licensed operators located in the US. Allen said VY1AAA operation would cease on September 22.

Gerry Hull, W1VE/VE1RM, who has coordinated VY1AAA operations, told ARRL that he’s been searching over the past 6 months for another Northern Territories station that would be willing to host remote operation.

“The VY1AAA team is greatly saddened by this turn of events,” Hull said. “Hams around the world will surely miss J and the VY1AAA team on the bands. J has been an incredible friend and mentor. Now it is time for us to help him off the air.” Hull said that over the past 4 years, the remotely operated station has logged more than 35,000 contacts, and QSL requests will continue to be honored. He invited inquiries via email.

Allen thanked Hull for “his tireless efforts to keep YT/NT/VY1 on the air throughout the years of his operation and direction of remote operations.”

Hull said he will lead a final push to make contacts this week as VY1AAA, before Allen dismantles his station. He expects to be on the air in the evening hours this week and on Saturday, if possible, mostly on 20 meters, CW, and SSB.

Hull said Geoffrey Burns, NE3K, will be the new QSL Manager for VY1AAA, XO1X, and XK150YUKON.

Hurricane Watch Net Announces Tentative Activation Plans


The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) has announced tentative plans to activate on 14.325 MHz on Wednesday, September 18, at 1800 UTC. The net will switch to 7.268 MHz at 2100 UTC on Wednesday.

“Today has been a busy day in the tropics,” Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, said. “Since 1500 UTC, four new systems have been identified — two already named. At present, the storm we are most interested in is Hurricane Humberto.” The Category 2 Atlantic storm is forecast to affect Bermuda late Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning, with the eye forecast to remain north of Bermuda. Graves said any deviation to the right of the forecast track could bring the eye closer or even onshore.

The Hurricane Watch Net will remain active on 14.325 MHz for as long as propagation allows, switching to 7.268.00 MHz at 2100 UTC and remaining in operation until Humberto is no longer a threat.

“This activation plan is subject to change,” Graves advised. “As with any net activation, we request observed ground-truth data from those in the affected area (wind speed, wind gust, wind direction, barometric pressure — if available, rainfall, damage, and storm surge). Measured weather data is always appreciated but we do accept estimates.”

Graves said other Atlantic storms include Tropical Depression (TD) 10 and Tropical Storm (TS) Imelda, while on the Eastern Pacific side are TD 14-E, TS Lorena, and the Category 1 Hurricane Kiko. 

A Tale of Watts and the Pursuit of DX on 20 and 40 Meters
Bob Houf, K7ZB

As we sit here today at the beginning of summer in 2019, we ponder the lack of sun spots in the solar cycle and what it means to our favorite bands.

Long gone are the days when 10 meters was wide open and you could work the world on 10 watts and a dipole. If you were there in 1959 you know what I mean.

I came into the amateur radio world in the summer of 1963 as a tenderfoot Novice class ham and I had the privilege of knowing our small town bank president, Cornell Hunter, W8UVB, who had operated exclusively 10 meter AM phone during that sunspot cycle, the granddaddy of them all.

His war surplus ART-13 Collins transmitter coupled to a simple 3-element Yagi on a short tripod tower on the top of the third floor of his old Victorian house on High Street allowed him to work the world on 10 meters.

As a kid I would visit his shack every Saturday morning to exchange one copy of QST for another and with goggle-eyes roam all over the wallpaper on the shack walls.

He had QSL cards from the most exotic places in the world on those walls and I would stay awake late at night reading “How’s DX?” in QST - long after my parents thought I was fast asleep - and dream of talking to hams like Cornell had done.

It would be a few years before I could begin to work DX during the next sun spot cycles – always just running a hundred to two hundred watts at most into basic antennas like dipoles and Delta Loops at modest heights.

Eventually we moved to Arizona and bought a home with a rather restrictive Home Owner’s Association and I was challenged with a way to chase DX and keep peace in the neighborhood.

I solved that problem with two stealth verticals - one that covered 40 meters and another for 20-10 meters and wrote about these on my blog years ago. the blog is now gone but the antenna designs are still alive on the web.

The 40 meter stealth vertical is described in great detail and has been preserved by an Italian ham now that my website is gone and you can examine it here:


The 20 – 10 meter vertical was mounted near the 40 meter vertical and also able to be removed easily making it very unobtrusive and it is shown here:


Both of these verticals were elevated off the ground on a second floor deck with the base approximately 12’ above ground with 2 elevated radials for each antenna and both were very inexpensive and highly effective.

The DX performance for the antennas was remarkable during sunspot cycle 23 even running just 100 watts from my transceiver.

But I often would have to spend hours chasing DXpeditions or other rare stations before I would make the contact.

If I hit the band conditions just right – like the late afternoon in Phoenix when I made a single call to a 4S7 in Sri Lanka or the early morning long path contact with the A6 in the Middle East – my 100 watts would work fine.

But I often thought – what would it be like to chase DX if I had just a few more dB to the antenna?

One day at lunch during the work week a couple of ham colleagues and I drove over to the HRO store in Phoenix and ogled all of the new gear.

There on the table of used gear was a pristine desk-top linear amplifier. An LA-1000-NT which was a no-tune, 120VAC internal power supply amp of small size and the owner would part for it for a mere $120.

I picked that amp up and brought it home, just like the stray lost puppies our oldest son would bring home and we would adopt.

It wasn’t long before I had the amp and a suitable antenna coupler hooked up and I was able to start a new life – running 500 to 600 Watts output.


Right there, snug on my operating table, that little gray box was making those 4 sweep tubes hum with SSB and CW while I operated from 40 to 10 meters on the verticals.

All of a sudden I was breaking pile-ups on the first call!

The low angle radiation off the verticals – despite the poor ground conductivity of the Sonoran Desert and surrounding city – plus 600 Watts out made a dramatic difference on my DX success rate.

My country totals began to soar.

Why, that nifty little amp even worked well down on 160 meters and with a friend of mine, AB7E, we operated the CQ 160 Meter DX Contest and worked every state twice and a bunch of DX. I wrote that contest up and published an article on it in CQ Magazine in the January 2015 issue.

What a difference another 500 watts makes – especially when the bands begin to fade with the low part of the sunspot cycle.

When 20 meters is not cooperating, usually 40, 80 or 160 meters will be.

With a few good antennas and 500 to 600 Watts you can write your own ticket for chasing DX.

Nowadays it is probably unlikely you will come across an old LA-1000-NT amp for a hundred bucks, but you can still pick up a nice 600 Watt amp that uses 811A’s for a fair price and get in the game.

My little desktop amp finally gave up the ghost when I inadvertently ran it into the vertical with a very high SWR.

By then we had moved to Michigan and rather than replace the expensive old sweep tubes in the ‘1000-NT I handed it off to a friend and then got myself an AL-80B.

Now I had a much bigger tube – the venerable 3-500Z and I had 220VAC run to my operating position to power the amp.

I ran it on 40 meters for a few years and enjoyed the step up from 100 to 800 Watts output.

There isn’t a hill of beans difference at the receiving end when someone hears me running 600 or 800 Watts output, but there IS a difference when you jump from 100 to 600 Watts out.

So when the sunspots are low and the bands need a bit of, shall we say, stimulation – why not step up to an amp that gives you a few dB of gain and a lot of opportunity to be heard?

Couple that with a few good antennas and you can enjoy an entirely different way of operating amateur radio in the sunspot doldrums.

TUESDAY EDITION: Sunny start....Touring an open Radio Shack....nothing big or interesting going on in ham radio ......RIP to the fireman lost in Farmington, Maine in a huge propane explosion.....

Report: North Korea Testing Digital Broadcasting on 80 Meters


Radio World reports that the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) has resumed testing digital radio broadcasting on the 80-meter amateur band after a 2-year absence. North Korea is transmitting with the Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) protocol. The latest transmissions on 3.560 MHz began in mid-August.

“It appears unclear at this time, however, whether the current series of transmissions will soon end or be the start of a regular service,” Radio World said. “According to radio enthusiasts in the region, the signal has been clear and very audible.”

Radio World says Voice of Korea, the North Korean international broadcasting service, has conducted DRM trials off and on since 2012.

MONDAY EDITION: The NE Patriots defense is more impressive than their offense....and that isn't bad either...I stopped by and met Dan- KB1PGH portable operating on a hill in Rockport before the game. He uses a dipole and an Icom 7300 and was reeling in the contacts over the pond. Locaated 150 feet above sea level and 1/4 mile from the ocean does the trick every time....WTF is an emotional support monkey?......

WWV and WWVH to Broadcast Defense Department WWV Centennial Greeting, Special Event Reminder


Starting on Monday, September 16, WWV and WWVH will broadcast a US Department of Defense message to mark the centennial of WWV and to announce the WW0WWV special event from September 28 until October 2 at the WWV transmitter site near Fort Collins, Colorado. The DoD message transmissions will air until October 1.

Kevin Utter, N7GES, a member of the WW0WWV Centennial Committee, recorded the audio track for the announcement. Utter has been an integral part of the Committee and is a highly respected member of the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio community. — Thanks to Paul English, WD8DBY

Nine Schools and Organizations Make the Cut for Ham Contacts with ISS Crew


Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has announced that nine schools and organizations have been selected to host Amateur Radio contacts with International Space Station crew members during the first half of 2020. The selected host organizations must now complete equipment plans that demonstrate their ability to execute the ham radio contact. Once a plan is approved, the final selected schools/organizations will have contacts scheduled as their availability matches up with the opportunities offered by NASA.

The schools and host organizations are: Celia Hays Elementary School, Rockwall, Texas; Golden Gate Middle School, Naples, Florida; J.P. McConnell Middle School, Loganville, Georgia; Kittredge Magnet School, Atlanta, Georgia; Maple Dale Elementary School, Cincinnati, Ohio; Monroe Carrell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tennessee; Oakwood School, Morgan Hill, California; Ramona Lutheran School, Ramona, California, and River Ridge High School, New Port Richey Florida.

The primary goal of the ARISS program is to engage young people in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) activities and raise their awareness of space communication, radio communication, space exploration, and related areas of study and career possibilities.

SUNDAY EDITION I am back, a few trips up north I needed to get some business in order and splash some vacation time in with it. ..NE Patriots today, should be interesting to watch Antonio play....

QSO Today - Burt Fisher - K1OIK

Burt Fisher, K1OIK, raised a stir and perhaps the ire of many hams with a 2008 YouTube video critical of amateur radio operators and their operating practices.

While it is easy these days to have conversations with anyone who shares our opinions and beliefs, it is more difficult to have conversations with people who do not share our views.

K1OIK tells his ham radio story and shares his opinions that led to the controversial video and the rest of the story in this QSO Today.

Listen to podcast

Montana's Dept of Justice to issue 200 ham radios

The Havre Daily News reports Montana's Havre and Hill County Local Emergency Planning Committee intend to take up a Department of Justice offer of amateur radio equipment

The newspaper says:

The Havre and Hill County Local Emergency Planning Committee Tuesday passed a motion to allow Hill County Health Department Public Health Nurse Bridget Kallenberger to look into getting the emergency operation center, located in the Hill County Detention Center, a handheld ham radio.

 “I think it would be a good addition, something good to have on hand,” committee Chair Sheriff Jamie Ross said.

The item, which was not on the meeting agenda, was approved unanimously by the committee.

Kallenberger said before the vote that the state Department of Justice has 200 handheld ham radios it is going to give out to different entities across the state, and she thought it would be a good addition to the emergency operation center.

She added that if the committee wanted one they would need an antenna and possibly a second power source to power the radio as well as a ham radio operator. She said that the Department of Justice is offering the radios with no strings attached.

 Ross said that a number of the Hill County Search and Rescue members are certified ham radio operators and also have their own equipment.

Hill County Commissioner Mike Wendland said it would be a good addition to the emergency operations center because ham radios are reliable and useful in an emergency situation.

Read the full story at

FCC Seeks to Streamline its Hearings Process

ARRL: The FCC is asking for public comments on procedural changes that, if adopted, would streamline many administrative hearings under the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

“Currently, these hearings typically are conducted like trials in civil litigation and include, among other things, live testimony before an administrative law judge, cross-examination of witnesses, and an initial decision by the administrative law judge that is subject to review by the Commission,” the FCC said in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in EB Docket 19-214. The FCC said its proposals “are designed to supplement the Commission’s current administrative law judge referral process and promote more efficient resolution of hearings.”

If adopted, the proposals would:

  • Codify and expand the use of a process that would rely on written testimony and documentary evidence in lieu of live testimony and cross-examination.
  • Enable Commission staff to act as a case manager that would supervise development of the written hearing record when the Commission designates itself as the presiding officer at a hearing.
  • Dispense with the preparation of an intermediate opinion, whenever the record of a proceeding can be certified to the Commission for final decision.

According to the FCC, the proposed procedures would expedite its hearing processes, consistent with the requirements of the Communications Act and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) while ensuring transparency and procedural fairness.

The FCC’s current hearing rules provide that “any hearing upon an application shall be a full hearing in which the applicant and all other parties in interest shall be permitted to participate.” The FCC noted that it has, on numerous occasions, curtailed the use of oral testimony and cross-examination in particular proceedings, in order to expedite the hearing process.

“In our experience, disputes in Commission proceedings typically involve criticisms by one party of the evidence proffered by another party or the legal significance of that evidence, not actual conflicts in testimony between two witnesses concerning outcome-determinative facts,” the FCC said.

“We contemplate codifying and expanding the use of a written hearing process that can be used in most adjudicative proceedings, including those conducted by an administrative law judge. In particular, we propose to authorize the presiding officer to conduct a written hearing whenever factual disputes can be adequately resolved on a written record.”

Among other proposed changes, the FCC would prohibit staff members who have taken an active part in investigating, prosecuting, or advocating in a case from serving as a case manager and from advising or assisting the case manager in the same case.

Amateur Radio Is There When All Else Fails

Jefferson Public Radio (JPR) interviews Joe Bassett W1WCN and Steve Bosbach KW5V about the role of amateur radio in a natural disaster

JPR, which covers Southern Oregon and Northern California, say:

Our communications systems may seem robust, but past disasters have shown this isn’t the case. Amateur radio groups around the country, and even in the [proposed] State of Jefferson, are there to fill the gaps.

Imagine there’s been a natural disaster in your area. You’ve lost power, it’s impossible to get in your car and drive somewhere safe, and most importantly, the cell towers are down. How will you get in contact with friends and family to tell them you’re alright? That’s where amateur radio operators come in.

“In Puerto Rico back in Maria, amateur radio became, in a military analogy, the light infantry. We could get into a community, establish communication and at least get some information travelling out of that location,” says Joe Bassett, a ham radio operator.

The Jackson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, or JC ARES, practices their radio skills weekly to prepare for the next time disaster strikes. The group’s Steve Bosbach says lots of people get involved with amateur radio for the fun of it, but end up finding ways to help their community.

Read the full story and listen to the interview at

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2185 for Friday September 13th, 2019

Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2185 with a release date of Friday, September 13th 2019 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. A YL celebrates a record-setting sail. A rare grid activation - by satellite! - and radio is the safety net for a 200-mile mountain bike ride. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Number 2185 comes your way right now.


JIM/ANCHOR: Our top story this week is a tale of personal triumph. You may remember Newsline's interview last autumn with the YL sailing solo around the world hoping to set a new record. Well, she did it. Here's John Williams VK4JJW with her story.

JOHN: Jeanne {pronounced "JAN"} Socrates VE0JS {V E ZERO J S} sailed jubilantly into Victoria, British Columbia past the Ogden Point breakwater, on Saturday September 7th, ending her 339-day journey and beginning her new status as record-holder: Jeanne {pronounced "Jan"}, who is 77, has become the oldest person to sail solo around the world, nonstop and unassisted. During the journey that began on October 3rd 2018, the retired university mathematics professor made hundreds of QSOs on HF and blogged about her daily challenges and activities. In November of last year she spoke to Newsline from her vessel when it was north of Ducie Island and enroute to New Zealand and Australia by way of Cape Horn.

Sea swells, two cyclones and equipment malfunctions were formidable but temporary obstacles and she savoured her four months later than planned arrival home - all the more because of them."

Jeanne {"Jan"}, who has been sailing since the age of 48, beat the record previously held by Minoru Saito {pronounced: "Min-Norr-Ooo Sight-O"}, a Japanese yachtsman who was 71 when he accomplished the challenging circumnavigation in 2005. Jeanne {"Jan"} already captured the record in 2013 for being the oldest woman to complete the voyage.


JIM/ANCHOR: India's space agency has located the lander from its failed lunar mission. Jason Daniels VK2LAW has been following that story.

JASON: India's crashed Vikram (VICK-RUM) lunar lander, part of the nation's failed Chandrayaan-2 {pronounced CHONDRA-YON} mission, was located on the lunar surface, according to reports from the Indian Space and Research Organisation, or ISRO. ISRO reported that it was attempting to make contact with the lander, which had been photographed via thermal image from the orbiter.

The mission had entered lunar orbit on August 20th and its lander separated on September 2nd to prep for its eventual descent. The goal was to make a soft landing and deploy a robotic lunar rover to search for water near the south pole of the moon.

The space agency said, however, that communications were lost at the last minute. Officials said the spacecraft had a normal descent until about 2 km, or 1.2 miles, from the surface of the moon.

The mission was considered the agency's most complex to date. Officials said the orbiter will continue to study the moon from a distance.

A successful landing would have made India the fourth nation to achieve a lunar landing, after the United States, the former Soviet Union and China. India has said it hopes to send a trio of astronauts into space by 2022.


JIM/ANCHOR: Ever wanted to work a rare and challenging grid - via satellite, no less? Now you can! Neil Rapp WB9VPG has those details.

NEIL: One of the most challenging grids in which to make a satellite contact is going to be activated on the 22nd of September by a team of hams on a boat anchored off San Clemente Island near southern California. This is grid DM Zero Two (DM02).

Alex, N7AGF, and Ron, AD0DX, expect to be operating on FM and Linear satellites for about 10 hours beginning at 1000 UTC, which is 3 in the morning, local time. Ron wrote on QR Zed dot com that the duo will be on the boat for 22 hours and that the activation is, of course, weather-dependent. They will be using the call sign En Six Oh slash Em Em {N6O/mm.}

Ron wrote on QR Zed that "D M Zero Two is one of the more difficult grids to make a satellite contact in because the only land mass in the grid is San Clemente Island, which is a restricted U.S. Naval base." Ron said the last amateur to activate the grid was Mike W8LID, who accomplished it in June of 2017. He said the two hams were able to benefit from some guidance Mike provided before they set out on their journey. The pair write that it is costing them $2,500 for use of the boat and they have been accepting donations. Information is on the N6O (En Six Oh) page on QR Zed dot com.


JIM/ANCHOR: A new day dawns for a new radio union in The Netherlands. Jeremy Boot G4NJH tells us more.

JEREMY: The Dutch Kingdom Amateur Radio Society has been dissolved. The new Dutch Amateur Radio Union (DARU) is now about to replace the five-year-old foundation and according to various reports, it is to carry forward its predecessor's objectives.

The Dutch Kingdom group was discontinued in June in preparation for its replacement. The Netherlands Antenna Placement Support Office had functioned under it, but now will operate as a part of the new radio union. DARU said on its website, in translation: {quote} "This is a fantastic and important step for the future that we can all be proud of." {endquote}

It also noted that, despite earlier reports to the contrary, paid-up donors to the foundation during 2019 will not be required to pay additional fees to the new organisation until the 31st of December 2020.


JIM/ANCHOR: There some good news for Hamvention fans who've begun to settle in each May at the Greene County Fairgrounds. Jack Parker W8ISH has that story.

JACK: Dayton Hamvention isn't likely to be going anywhere anytime soon: The Dayton Daily News reports that Greene County, Ohio's fair board has reached an agreement with organizers to keep the massive amateur radio gathering at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Exposition Center in Xenia for the next five years. The announcement comes on the heels of word that Hamvention drew 32,472 attendees earlier this past spring, a total considered the highest since the event relocated from its longtime home at Hara Arena. The first Hamvention at the Greene County Fairgrounds was held in 2017. Ron Cramer KD8ENJ, president of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association, has said in the past that the event's annual economic impact on the region is between $15 million and $18 million. Kathleen Wright, executive director of the Greene County Convention and Visitors Bureau, told the Dayton Daily News that with continued growth expected for Hamvention and more hotel rooms becoming available, even more attendees can be accommodated in the years ahead.


JIM D/ANCHOR: A well-traveled longtime ham radio operator has just added a new role to his resume: magazine awards editor. Heather Embee KB3 T ZED D has that story.

HEATHER: CQ Amateur Radio magazine has named Eddie De Young, AE7AA, of Clearwater, Florida, as its awards editor, beginning with its September issue, where his first column appears. Eddie became a licensed radio amateur in 1954 and since that time has held more than 24 call signs. He notes on his QR Zed page that he worked his first DX in 1956, making a successful contact with VQ6LQ. He received his fisrt ARRL DXCC Award in 1966 while he held the call sign K6CAA. Eddie is a former awards manager for the Wireless Institute of Australia. Australia is among the nearly dozen countries he has lived in over the years. He succeeds Ted Melinosky K1BV as CQ's awards editor.


JIM/ANCHOR: There are big doings in Peoria, Illinois on the 21st and 22nd of September. It's the Peoria Superfest, marking the 100th birthday of the Peoria-Area Amateur Radio Club. Someone else is also celebrating a birthday, but not his hundredth: Newsline's own Don Wilbanks AE5DW. You can meet Newsline's Young Ham of the Year Dhruv Rebba KC9ZJX and Joe Eisenberg K0NEB, CQ Magazine's kit editor, will be conducting a kit build while Craig Thompson K9CT will discuss his upcoming Pitcairn Island DXpedition. For more details, visit w9uvi dot og (w9uvi.org).


JIM/ANCHOR: If you're in a part of the world welcoming autumn's cooler temperatures, why not take your rig outside and enjoy the break from the heat? Kevin Trotman N5PRE tells us how.

KEVIN: Amateur radio knows many seasons and here in the U.S., the season that is almost upon us is the Fall Out Season. It gets its name from the third annual Fall Out event being held by the 100 Watts and a Wire podcast from the 11th through to the 13th of October. The podcast's host and creator, Christian Cudnik K0STH, told Newsline that this is the season for hams to get outdoors and exercise their bodies as well as their gear before the cold temperatures arrive and force everyone here in the U.S. into the warmth of their QTH. If you're into SOTA, POTA and IOTA, why not activate for those awards and then "double dip" by making it a Fall Out event too?

While this isn't a contest, there are prizes for participants who earn 25 points for contacts with some of the "special ops" - with each operator worth 5 points.

If you were listening this past week to the 100 Watts and a Wire podcast you probably heard Christian announce the details. You can also visit the website at 100wattsandawire dot com slash activities (100wattsandawire.com/activities). While you're there you can also subscribe to the podcast.


JIM/ANCHOR: The Voice of America's Bethany Relay station will be celebrating its 75th anniversary as hams from the West Chester Amateur Radio Association WC8VOA get on the air. Be listening on September 21st from 1500 to 2200 UTC on the HF bands for operators callling QRZ on SSB, FT8 and possibly CW. Certificates will be available a few days after the event, downloadable from the club's website wc8voa dot org (wc8voa.org)


SILENT KEY: ARRL and IARU President Emeritus Larry Price, W4RA

JIM/ANCHOR: A lifelong radio amateur who held major roles in both the ARRL and the International Amateur Radio Union has become a Silent Key. IARU president emeritus Larry Price, W4RA, was also an ARRL Life Member and a former ARRL vice president and first vice president before ascending to the organization's presidency. As president, he served four two-year terms. At the same time he was also secretary of the IARU, eventually becoming its president for a decade, starting in 1999. He also helped incorporate the ARRL Foundation.

The Arkansas native, first licensed as a ham at 16, died on September 10th. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army Signal Corps.

Larry Price was 85.



JIM/ANCHOR: The former president of the Cushcraft Antenna Company also has become a Silent Key.
Glen Whitehouse, K1GW, was considered an innovator as well as a businessman. The North Carolina resident, who served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, died on the 5th of September of cancer.

The DXCC Honor Roll member and officer of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club left his mark on the Cushcraft Antenna Company after arriving there from G.R. Whitehouse & Company, which provided components for tuners and high-power amplifiers. Under Glen's leadership, Cushcraft launched the VHF/UHF Yagi "Boomer" line as well as the Skywalker X-7 and X-9 tribanders. A New Englander by birth, the Maine native retired to North Carolina after having lived for a time in Amherst New Hampshire. In a posting on eham dot net, friends remembered him for his sense of humor and his eagerness to learn new things in software programming. He was the creator of a number of SDR home brew radios. He had been a radio amateur for more than 60 years.

Glen Whitehouse was 76.



JIM/ANCHOR: And...a prominent longtime influencer in amateur radio in Japan has become a Silent Key. Hisao {pronounced hee-sow} Shono JA1AA, who died on the 19th of August, had served for two terms as the vice chair of the Japan Amateur Radio League, the national member society. The longtime amateur got his first license in 1938 with the call sign J2IB. He was granted his last call sign JA1AA in 1952 after amateur radio was permitted again in Japan - and was, in fact, the first of the nation's hams to be re-licensed. He particularly enjoyed QRP operating as well as DXing.

Shono was 100.



In the world of DX, listen for Operators Yuris YL2GM, Jack YL2KA, Kaspars YL1ZF and Kristers YL3JA operating as C21WW from Nauru from September 16th through to the 25th. Listen on 160-6 metres and possibly 60. They will be using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8. FT8 will be Fox & Hound mode. The team will always use split operation. QSL direct to YL2GN or by ClubLog.

Be listening now through the 30th of September for the special event call sign 9M16KING (NINE-EM-SIXTEEN KING) from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Operators are celebrating the 16th constitutional monarch and head of state. Make your contacts on 80 through 10 metres using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL information is on the QRZ dot com page.

Chip KB1QU is operating from Ghana as 9G5QU until the 21st of September. Listen on 40/30/20 metres where he will be using CW, FT8 and
FT4. QSL direct to N4GNR.

In Malta, Klaus, DL7 OH OH (DL7OO) will be using the call sign 9H3GK between the 29th of September and the 6th of October. He will be on various HF bands holiday style, most likely 80, 40 and 20 metres, SSB. Send QSLs to DL700 by the Bureau.



JIM/ANCHOR: Just as we began this week's newscast with the story of a journey, we end our report with another journey. This one stretches 206 miles, reaches elevations as high as 10,000 feet and involves more than 1,700 cyclists and 135 hams from four states. Mike Askins KE5CXP picks up the story from here.

MIKE: The Logan to Jackson Bicycle Race in Utah, also known as LoToJa, is the longest one-day cycling event in North America to be sanctioned by the U.S. Cycling Federation. For the scores of hams providing communications assistance, it has grown into the longest day. According to Kevin Reeve N7RXE of the Bridgerland Amateur Radio Club in Logan, Utah, the event that took place on September 7th is both a race and a ride. It is also a prominent fundraiser for a number of medical organizations and it is a test of hams' emergency preparedness. Kevin said more than 40 percent of the race through the mountainous region is unserved by cellphone communications. The terrain, which includes three mountain passes, prevents cyclists' support crews from even following them and so hams provide communications, first aid and mechanical support to ensure safety as riders head from Logan Utah to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Kevin said: {quote} "It is a crazy day and event and we love it." {end quote}

In fact, for the past six years, organizers have had no trouble recruiting hams to sign up. Kevin said: {quote} "It pushes amateur radio operators to the limit." {endquote} On that day, it seems the sky - and hams' ability to help - is limitless.



New England Hams you might run across 75 meters.........

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
KB1OWO- Larry...
Handsome Fellow ,Only cuts lawn in August, plows snow the rest in Jackman, Maine
W1GEK- Big Mike....Nearfest Cook, big motor home, electronics software engineer ...
AA1SB- Neil...Living large traveling the country with his girlfriend...loves CW
N1YX- Igor....peddles quality Russian keys, software engineer
K1BGH...Art.....Restores cars and radio gear, nice fella...
N1XW.....Mike-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
WS1D- Warren- "Windy" - Bullnet
KB1VX- Barry- the picture says it all, he loves food!
KC1BBU- Bob....the Mud Duck from the Cape Cod Canal, making a lot of noise.
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT

KA1BXB-Don....75 meter Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and playing radio
KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 

K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the ham fests
K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired
Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .

Silent KeyVA2GJB- Graham...one of the good 14313 guys back in the day.
Silent Key K1BHV- David...PITA
Silent Key W1JSH- Mort...Air Force man
Silent Key K1MAN--Glen....PITA
Silent KeyKB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
Silent KeyWB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired

Silent KeyWB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key
WILIM- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:
N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio....